When man’s best friend bites back, you need a lawyer who will represent your interests and argue aggressively on your behalf. Dog bites can be an emotionally traumatizing experience, particularly for the young children who are often the victim. As well, medical bills are often costly, especially if preventative vaccinations and other treatments are required. Often, filing an insurance claim is the best way to get the compensation you — or your child — needs to heal properly. The dog bite attorneys at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. frequently speak with clients who are concerned about what will happen if they pursue legal action against a pet owner. Often, filing a formal complaint can be instrumental in exposing abusive or neglectful treatment — pursuing legal or insurance action not only helps ensure your needs are taken care of, it may in the end be better for the welfare of the animal, too.
Filing an Insurance Claim
The first step in getting compensated for a dog bite injury is to file an insurance claim. Typically this is done with the pet owner’s homeowner’s insurance policy. If the owner does not have insurance, it may be necessary to pursue the matter in court.
In either case, the accident victim will have to prove the pet owner did not take reasonable precautions to prevent the incident. This can include demonstrating that the animal had a history of violent behavior or that the owner did not properly restrain it. Under Pennsylvania law, it is not enough to simply prove the dog bit the victim — without sufficient evidence of neglectful behavior, an insurance company is within its rights to deny your claim.
Let McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. Help You
Don’t risk having your claim denied. The dog bite attorneys at McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. have over 40 years of combined experience with Pennsylvania’s legal system and can assist in collecting the evidence you need to file a successful insurance claim.
Our experience encompasses defending both bite victim and insurance companies. Having been on both sides, we know the tricks insurers use to get cases thrown out and can advocate aggressively for your cause. Filing a lawsuit or insurance claim following a dog bite injury isn’t about punishing the owner or the pet. Rather, it’s about making sure you and your child have the resources to recover properly, while potentially preventing similar attacks from occurring in the future. For legal assistance at any step of the matter, contact McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C.’s dog bite attorneys today.
Your Initial Consultation Is Free
If you’ve been bitten by a dog, McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C. will review the details of your case and help you develop a plan to move forward. We will provide honest, straightforward counsel in everything we do. Dog bite cases can be tricky to prove. That’s why we never recommend legal action unless we think you have a realistic chance of success. As a result, we are able to handle certain cases on a contingency basis, in which there is no fee unless you win.